AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is laying out programs and positions that could be cut to save $35 million in the state budget.
Richard Rosen, the director of the Office of Policy and Management, presented the proposal to the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.
The administration’s proposal includes eliminating about 97 governmental positions and cutting about $9.5 million from administrative funding for schools as well as about $500,000 from Head Start programs.
The cuts are required to ensure that the state finishes the fiscal year with a balanced budget.
Rosen says the administration found ways to eliminate duplication and identify underutilized commissions or programs.
The Maine Education Association criticized the proposal in a statement on Tuesday, saying Maine schools can’t handle further cuts to education funding.